Welcome from the Undergraduate Dean

March 29, 2019

Dear Admitted Student,

Congratulations on your admission to the College of Chemistry (CoC) at the University of California, Berkeley!

To help you make an informed decision about which school to attend, we invite you to come to Cal Day and our Open House on Saturday, April 13.  We encourage you to attend a discussion of the College of Chemistry programs, 2-4 pm in 1 Pimentel Hall. We also invite you to our Info Session for Admitted Freshmen, on Friday, April 12, 1:30-3 pm, hosted by advisers and current CoC undergraduates in the Undergraduate Student Services Center (121 Gilman Hall).

UC Berkeley, and especially the College of Chemistry, enjoy a worldwide reputation for scholarship and research, with strong and rigorous undergraduate programs. Our students engage in research with the world's leading scientists and engineers. Our graduate programs continue to receive top rankings by the National Research Council and U.S. News and World Report.

The College of Chemistry offers a number of advantages normally associated with smaller four-year colleges. For example, we concentrate on just three majors: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Chemical Biology. Our two-semester freshman chemistry sequence provides a focused and comprehensive introduction to the upper-division courses, taking advantage of students' solid background in chemistry. These two courses are typically attended by about 250 students; by comparison, lower-level, non-major freshman chemistry courses often enroll more than 1000 students.

The College provides easy and efficient access to academic support and advising through the new Undergraduate Student Services Center. Within the last year we have added a Tutoring Program and two new in-house Career Counselors. As members of the broader UC Berkeley community, our students also benefit from the resources of a large, multi-faceted research university.

The College of Chemistry is an ideal choice for students with a wide range of interests and career goals who have a strong commitment to a course of study in chemical engineering, chemistry, or chemical biology and are interested in studying in a research environment. Students are expected to follow the College's suggested academic program schedule for their chosen major.

Again, I offer you my warmest congratulations on your admission to UC Berkeley and the College of Chemistry. We hope that you will choose to join us and continue your study of the chemical sciences and engineering at Berkeley!


Signature of Undergraduate Dean John Arnold

John Arnold
Professor of Chemistry & Undergraduate Dean

John Arnold
John Arnold
Undergraduate Dean